Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter

Brand: Weber
Model: 7416
EAN: 0885564746096
Category: #27541 in Lawn & Patio (Home & Kitchen Features)
Price: $23.99  (127 customer reviews)
Dimension: 12.50 x 12.70 x 8.10 inches
Shipping Wt: 3.31 pounds
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Get your charcoal glowing and ready to go in just minutes with the Weber Rapid fire Chimney Charcoal Starter. Tackle high-volume cooking with the extra-large capacity bin. It's made from aluminized steel. [Read more]

Features

  • Chimney starter system lights charcoal quickly and evenly
  • Made from aluminized steel with a stay-cool thermoplastic handle
  • Holds enough briquettes for a 22-1/2-inch kettle grill
  • Cone bottom ensures a fast start; eliminates need for lighter fluid
  • Measures 7-1/2 by 7-1/2 by 12 inches

Top Reviews

Weber is known to be the best mainstream brand there is to bbqing
by fourteenstudent (5 out of 5 stars)
April 5, 2016

Old me:

Tell me if this sounds familiar, I stack a mountain of charcoal over a napkin in a shape of a pyramid. I then douse lighter fluid from the top. I let it rest for a few minutes and then light the napkin. After the initial smoke is gone, I get a large piece of cardboard to fan the pyramid until the top briquette catches fire. Process takes 20 minutes. When I flatten out the briquettes so I can put my grate on, not all the briquettes are burned uniformly so I wait another few minutes for the top large pieces to burn to gray, because I don't want cancer.

New me:

No lighter fluid.

No fanning for 20 minutes. The chimney forces air up. I go drink a soda (hate beer) and come back in 20 minutes.

No problems with uniformity. When I dump the coals, they are all equally gray. Every "spot" in my weber is burning equally hot.

Verdict: Weber is known to be the best mainstream brand there is to bbqing. They did not disappoint on their Chimney quality. This will actually save you money because you burn away way fewer briquettes to get a good fire. And you don't ever need fluid again.
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Come on baby, light my fire
by beemers&brats (5 out of 5 stars)
May 5, 2017

This is my second large Weber starter. It works as it should. My first one lasted 10 years. I particularly like the extra handle that allows two-handed pouring. I have looked at many other chimney starters and this is the best value IMHO. Tips:

Use kraft paper like grocery bag pieces or parts of your charcoal bag and a starter cubes like Katon Cubes and you will have a quick fire.

Pay attention when you empty hot coals to get all of them out of the chimney!!!! This goes for any chimney starter.
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Must-Have for Charcoal Grilling
by Joshua Storme King (5 out of 5 stars)
March 15, 2017

I'm ashamed of myself for using lighter fluid after having bought this. I've been grilling for years and never knew about this simple invention and I regret not having found it sooner.

It's so simple to use! Insert charcoal in cylinder, stuff some newspaper in the bottom from underneath, light newspaper and wait 10 minutes or so then dump it into your grill. I light mine inside my grill on top of the charcoal grate so as not to damage my concrete driveway, then dump it right into the grill. To me, this is easier than using lighter fluid or having to stack my charcoal like my father taught me.

This is hands down my favorite grilling accessory.
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Perfect
by johnpratt (5 out of 5 stars)
June 14, 2017

I bought a cheapo grill from Walmart and I couldn't get it to work the way I wanted with lighter fluid and charcoal. The other day this baby arrived and I was finally able to use my grill properly for the first time.
Gets coals piping hot all at the same time. I made shish kebabs on it and could hear that searing sound when they hit the grill. Even with the lid on and the vent closed I could feel the intense heat coming out. When I used lighter fluid on a charcoal pyramid previously to light the charcoals the heating was so weak and un even and seemed to die out after 20 min. I was pleasantly surprised to feel the same fiery heat coming from the coals half an hour later. There's.

NOTES

this chimney is plenty big enough to be filled with a full size grills worth of charcoal

Loosely stuff some newspaper in the bottom, fill the top with your charcoal and then light the paper. Within 10 minutes your coals will be ready to go
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Well-made and easy to handle when full of hot coals.
by Cat Mann (5 out of 5 stars)
September 2, 2017

We have a yellow circa-2000 "The Simpsons" Edition Weber kettle (with blue handles and Homer's picture on it) that we use with this chimney starter.

It took a few tries to figure out how much charcoal I needed to use--1/2 full, 3/4 full, or full to top?

I tried starting it with paper only, paper plus the white starter cubes, and the cubes only. Paper only wasn't enough, as it needed a second stuffing of paper to get it fully started. Cubes alone was not enough either. Cubes and paper worked pretty much every time, though when I filled it completely with charcoal, it still hadn't started all the way, so I tipped it a bit and added more newspaper. So keep some extra newspaper on hand.

As far as handling it when it's full of red-hot charcoals? Easy. Haven't gotten burned yet, not did I spill them--sometimes I use the Weber indirect cooking method, so I have to place the chimney between the two indirect metal wings, as it's starting, then when ready, lift it up using both handles and pour half on one side, and half on the other. Easy. no spills there either.

When that part is done, I pick it up using the long handle and set it somewhere out of the way to cool. After a few uses, the heat shield became a bit discolored, but it's metal, and it works, so it doesn't bother me.
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Wow, is it fast!
by Silasripley (5 out of 5 stars)
May 26, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised with this chimney starter not knowing what to expect when we used it the first time. It was ready to go in about 10 minutes. We only filled it halfway the first time and used a brown paper sack as starter. It only took one match to get it all started. I've attached user photos for this. It smokes quite a bit to begin with, then some ash floats around. It truly is a chimney as it superheats the charcoals and sends up smoke and intense flame. Be sure to treat with caution and have a heavy duty oven mitt handy. It poured easily onto the grill grate and we were immediately ready to grill. Note the discoloration on the side in one of the photos from the intense heat. It doesn't affect the performance of the chimney but does remind you how hot it can get. We love it! Can't wait to use it again.
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Totally and 100% worth it to add onto the Weber Charcoal Grills! Super easy and fast!
by WendyLS (5 out of 5 stars)
June 16, 2016

I bought this as an add on to the Weber Premium Charcoal Grill and boy are we glad we did. I got this grill as a gift for my boyfriend who is the gourmet cook in this family and I don't cook at all. I figured he'd want a charcoal grill so that food is authentically grilled and much to my surprise he has little experience using charcoal grill. So we've been cooking on it nonstop since last weekend and learning from awesome dishes and failures how to become better at it and I don't know where we'd be without this starter. It's LARGE and holds a lot of charcoal. I ordered the starter cubes, but they haven't arrived, so we used standard charcoal and just filled it up and lit through the holes as directed. Large flames shoot off the top when it catches, so be sure that you have the starter placed on the bottom grill and not the cooking surface so you can easily pour the coals and spread them out as desired. This makes life a LOT easier and I imagine we'd have spent a lot more time trying to start the coals evenly and get cooking without this. The handle stays cool no matter what and you can easily fit enough coals in this to cook for hours without refilling it. I really recommend this over the smaller one because if you're going to do it....do it right. Why have to cook up two batches of coals just to cook your chicken and burgers? This gets your grill up to 500 degrees and ready to cook pretty fast compared to doing it the old fashioned way. Just paper and coals works fine if you don't use any starter cubes or other items. I am thrilled I chose to add this onto my gift, otherwise I think he'd have been too stressed to cook off a first meal!
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beat the crap out of it then replace and dispose
by David (3 out of 5 stars)
February 9, 2018

This is my second one. The first one has a couple bolts were the rivets failed. I bought this again simply because I can't find anyone making a more durable product worth paying more for. Since the more expensive stuff is junk too, I might as well buy cheap, beat the crap out of it then replace and dispose. If this is you're first time buying, the metal is pretty thin, keep an eye on the rivets, and don't expect it to make last more than 2 years.
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Way too big for any practical purpose but good quality
by Matt H. (5 out of 5 stars)
February 15, 2019

This is very high quality. I've let it sit outside in the rain for years now and it still basically looks brand new. This is the same haphazard way I treat my Weber kettle and it's also still looking great, so no surprise there. Weber makes high quality durable grilling stuff.

This thing is absurdly huge for any practical purpose, however. I didn't dock it a star because the dimensions are clearly listed but take this as a warning. These chimneys do not work very well if you don't fill them up reasonably high. I typically don't light more than 25-30 briquettes at a time and it just does not work well in this thing. If you need to light a lot of charcoal at one time, this is the one to buy.
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This is a great product makes warming up the grill quick and easy
by Megan Ellis (5 out of 5 stars)
July 11, 2016

This is a great product makes warming up the grill quick and easy. I looked up a few videos before using to make sure we used it correctly. I recomend doing the same

Just set this on top of your grill grate and with in 20 minutes you have hot red coals. I used all natural lump charcoal the first couple of times and sparks would fly everywhere. So now i use both lump and add some briquettes on top and this keeps the flying sparks contained.

Also make sure you have something to rest the chimney starter on that is heat/ fire proof after you dump the coal in the grill. its going to be red hot and will take awhile to cool down.

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